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Questioning French secularism : gender politics and Islam in a Parisian suburb

Author: Jennifer A Selby
Publisher: New York, New York ; Basingstoke, England : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. ©2012
Series: Contemporary anthropology of religion.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork in a Parisian suburb, this book examines how contemporary secularism in France is positioned as a guarantor of Muslim women1s rights. Jennifer Selby argues that the complex fetishization of headscarves in public, governmental and feminist French discourses positions publicly-visible religious women in ways that obscure their engagement with laïcité (French  Read more...
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Selby, Jennifer A.
Questioning French secularism : gender politics and Islam in a Parisian suburb.
New York, New York ; Basingstoke, England : Palgrave Macmillan, ©2012
xiii, 241 pages
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer A Selby
ISBN: 9781137011329 1137011327 0230121012 9780230121010
OCLC Number: 893677899
Description: 1 online resource (256 pages) : illustrations, maps, photographs.
Contents: PART I: SETTING THE SCENE: PLACE AND METHOD --
Gender Politics and Religion in Contemporary France --
Fieldwork Context: Working and Living in Petit Nanterre --
Methodological Considerations: On Writing about Muslim Women --
PART II: 'HARDLY PARADISE': FROM SHANTYTOWN TO HOUSING PROJECT --
Migration to the Banlieues of Paris --
Religious Geography --
Gender Politics and Sexual Segregation --
Divisions --
Community-Based Organizations --
2005 Suburban Riots --
PART III: THE SHIFTING BOUNDARIES OF LAICITE --
Secularism: General Remarks --
Secularism: The French Case --
Commissioned Secularism in Contemporary France --
Secularism: The Pork Affair in Petit Nanterre --
PART IV: FEMINISM, FEMININITY, AND LAICITE --
Femmes Solidaires ('Women in Solidarity') --
French Femininity: Stereotypes --
Gossip --
PART V: MARRIAGE-PARTNER PREFERENCE AND MIGRATION TO PETIT NANTERRE --
Journeys to Petit Nanterre --
Implications for 'Disfavored' Women --
Second-Generation Women Respond --
Implications --
PART VI: ON BEING A VISIBLY RELIGIOUS WOMAN IN FRANCE --
Continued French Colonialism? --
Feminist Critiques and Practicing Religious Women --
General Conclusion.
Series Title: Contemporary anthropology of religion.
Responsibility: Jennifer A. Selby.

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